Take a look at the Zoom H5 I think it might be even easier to use, but 
please check it out first. I don't have one here to play with, but we 
bought one for some oral history work and young people with no previous 
audio experience got good-enough recordings. We did use on lav mic (it 
has two XLR inputs as well as the built-in mics).

If I did have the H2, I'd consider getting one, except the H2 is about 
half the size, but no where near the quality.



On 2015-03-27 7:57 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Why did you suggest she avoid Zoom recorders? My experience with my Zoom
> H-4n is that it makes much better recordings than a friend's
> comparably-priced Tascam. I was going to suggest the H-4n because the
> buttons are tactile and rubber-coated and she could either memorize the
> layout (the record button is alone on the right side, the stop button is
> the largest top left button in a cluster of 4 in the center, the
> play/pause button is the top right), or she could tape brail tags or
> whatever else is helpful to improve the tactile foolproof-ness. The
> recorder is menu-driven, so she'll need setup help, but it holds menu
> options even when the batteries are removed (unlike some older Zoom
> models). My experience is, the mics are quite good and if you monitor
> with headphones you can set levels well. Also, the peak-limiter is fast
> and effective, so you can get a decent average level on interviews and
> conversation without annoying pumping compression. There are also
> push-button selectors for the record mode (stereo, line, 4-channel
> surround) right on the front panel.

Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
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